This pass was at one point, the border between the province of Ise and the province of Kii. About 300 years ago when Nisaka Pass replaced this path as the main road and gateway to Kumano, this was only used by locals to get to the next village until the 1930s. The well preserved stonework makes the steep switchbacks worth the work.
The dethroned Emperor Kazan on a pilgrimage to Kumano came here and set up a miniature
version of the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage of 33 Buddhist temples worshiping deities of mercy.
The 33 statues of mercy here on this miniature version represent
each of the temples on the official pilgrimage.
Elevation 357 meters. This is the first point where pilgrims heading to the
Kumano Three Grand Shrines first get a look at the Sea of Kumano.
Along the valley, you can see stone walls here and there. Their history goes way back,
and they have protected the road from years and years of wind and rain erosion.
The stone path zig-zags its way through the plush green of the ferns,
it almost looks like stitching by a seamstress.
|Distance||Approx. 9.5Kｍ from Umegadani Station to Kii-Nagashima Station|
download the map